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December 21, 2018

I’m into true crime. I always have been, since I was a kid buying paperbacks about serial killers. My novels in the New Royal Mysteries series are set in a crime writing program, and the central concern of the books is about so-called truths and hidden realities, and m...

November 10, 2018

Read Part One at the Pandamoon Blog

We had a plan. A good, responsible plan. A plan for the realistic future. My husband and I are both 55-year-old college professors who have started thinking about “life after work.” A lot of professors retire feet first, but we’ve bee...

August 14, 2018

We make it feel like a quick decision. We make it look like an impulse. We don’t take signs, and I don’t own a pussy hat. On those occasions when we do make plans to attend a protest, we almost always find an excuse not to go at the last minute. 

That’s how we got ourse...

July 17, 2018

  1. An apology is not a CYA memo. 

  2. But if CYA is all you do, you have two tone options. One is whiny, the other is humble. Do the humble. Instead of “you gave me no choice but to shoot the dog,” try “shooting the dog seemed like my only option, but now I see that...

July 11, 2018

I’m delighted to be participating in this bloghop event, but the theme-- “How does Washington DC inspire your writing”—is going to force me into a round about, beltway sort of approach, because even though I write regional fiction, I don’t write about the DC area. (Tho...

July 5, 2018

Last night after dark, a neighbor we haven’t seen in months came outside to light fireworks in the middle of the street. We call him The Man of Constant Sorrow, which was funny when he was 19. Now not so much. He's in his 30s, still lives "at home." It was a cloudy, hu...

June 19, 2018

Up until a few weeks ago, I’ve been in the same office for the duration of my job. It was a great space with a large window that overlooked the University’s main plaza, and the first thing I did was paint it lavender, cover the bookcases with batik throws and quirky kn...

June 3, 2018

I'm not sure everyone is aware of this, but the book club discussion questions you see in the backs of your favorite novels are often written by the authors themselves. I think that's sort of funny because my urge in composing questions is to try to encourage a Polly P...

May 14, 2018

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity for my fellow authors, especially the crimey-wimey ones, and it's all I can do to keep up with the news. End-of -semester activities usually prevent me from attending events like Malice Domestic of the Noir at the Ba...

May 5, 2018

Even though people think I write some freaky shit*, I’m actually a classically repressed, can’t-high-five-without-cringing, Northern Ohioan when it comes to talking about “the realness.”

But that doesn’t stop people from talking to me--or within obvious earshot--about e...

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